About Project SEARCH
Project SEARCH provides individuals with disabilities tuition-free job training and educational, developmental, and employment opportunities. Project SEARCH is a 9 month unpaid internship, and at the completion of the program, graduates are employment ready. Of the most current graduating class, 92% have achieved employment at graduation time. The goal of Project SEARCH is to fill a business need with qualified individuals living with developmental disabilities.
Progress operates three Project SEARCH programs:
Project SEARCH at Embassy Suites (Downtown Nashville): This program is designed for Metro school students (current or graduating out of the school system during the current year) with a developmental disability, age 22 years or younger.
Project SEARCH at Vanderbilt University Medical Center: This program is for anyone with an intellectual or developmental disability who has exited the Metro school system. There is no age limit.
Project SEARCH at Amerigroup Nashville: This program launched in the summer of 2017. Interns gain valuable skills in administrative and technical work. Download an application here.
For more information about Project SEARCH, please contact Pam Hollingsworth at 615-399-3000 or via email.
"When I started at Project Search I had no idea what I wanted to do. Thankfully my job coaches introduced us to all kinds of departments, where we discovered all of our possibilities. We the interns supported one another with our differing strengths and weaknesses. we cultivated a positive, enjoyable and professional atmosphere. I worked with them for five months, learning something new everyday, until I was introduced my current employer. He gave me the opportunity to prove myself resupplying bedside carts, and working alongside his employees who were kind and helpful. After two months of labor In his department I was hired. I would like to thank my family, my fellow interns, those who gave me a chance in their department and most of all the job coaches who helped me find a job." - Project SEARCH graduate
"Project Search was great because we got to train on different job sites before we applied for the positions. Also, the job coaches were wonderful. I also liked that we learned about things such as Credo, safety in the workplace, and good ways to spend money. I want to thank everyone at Project Search." - Project SEARCH graduate